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Saturday Night Live: Series 1 - 1975-1976 [DVD]

Chevy Chase , Dan Aykroyd    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Steve Martin, Gilda Radner
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 16 July 2007
  • Run Time: 2080 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,439 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Saturday Night Live: The Complete First Season boxed set is much more than the sum of its parts, in fact it's one of the most significant TV DVD releases yet. This isn't just an 8-disc set featuring 24 episodes of live sketch comedy, it's a big box of zeitgeist. This really is the complete first season, mostly uncut and complete with every musical act and short film intact (a few bumpers and transitions were removed to make it flow better on DVD). The first broadcast aired on October 11, 1975, hosted by George Carlin and featured musical guests Billy Preston and Janis Ian. At first, things seem a little raw: Carlin's opening monologue is painfully unfunny, Chase's first shot at the seminal "Weekend Update" is amusing but sloppy, and much of the cast seem to be holding back. But the groundwork is all there, and soon in subsequent episodes you can see it all start to come together (especially with John Belushi who lets his simmering intensity out to tremendous effect), proving that the first episode simply belies the historic impact the show would come to have on popular culture. Here you'll find the first airing of some of the many skits that stayed famous over the years: the Land Shark, Samurai Hotel, Chevy Chase's opening pratfalls and the impersonations of Gerald Ford which would spin off into the proud SNL tradition of presidential parodies.

The set is a very entertaining look at a significant point in TV and American cultural history. It is so 1975, but that's a major part of its appeal: did Chevy Chase really used to look that young? Did a young George Carlin really used to look so old? Check out Abba in those disco jumpsuits. And if you're a fan of The Muppets, seeing them here on late-night TV making jokes about getting drunk will blow your mind. Younger fans may not fully understand just how groundbreaking this show was at the time. For example, Richard Pryor hosting the seventh episode, which includes the famous "Word Association" sketch. Back then, to have a comedian of Pryor's reputation joking about drugs, sex, and race on live TV was a tremendous risk (it's also gratifying to see the obvious effect he had on the next generation of comics like Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock), and it helped established the show's cache as unpredictable and edgy. The DVD set is full of moments like this and, like the show itself, it has its ups and downs. Watching hosts like Rob Reiner (back when he was still in his "Meathead" days from All in the Family), Madeleine Kahn, and Desi Arnaz work their comedy chops with the cast are high points. Whereas the infamous Louise Lasser episode, which is known for being among the worst episodes in the show's history… not so much. Still, it's entirely to Executive Producer Lorne Michaels's credit that it's included here. It's a tremendous collection of everything that gave birth to Saturday Night Live, and the seed of what SNL would become, spawning many movies (not to mention a few catch-phrases), launching the careers of many great comedians, and providing TV viewers with some of the most famous, and infamous, moments in broadcast history. And it all started right here. --Daniel Vancini

Product Description

All 24 episodes from the first season of the US comedy sketch show. Features appearances from Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Jane Curtain, Chevy Chase, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, Gilda Radner, George Carlin, Rob Reiner, Lily Tomlin, Richard Pryor, Elliott Gould and Candace Bergen.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comedy history 11 Jun 2009
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This is a very funny sketch show. Even just watching some of the stars at the beginning of the comedy careers is worth buying this for. However a lot of the sketches just don't work and I wondered what they were thinking when they wrote them. Through out each show they have filmed joke commercials. These are often repeated again and again through out the shows. The same joke over and over again! Hmm?

However this is still worth buying, I think (for me) the real star is Dan Aykroyd, he has real comic timing. There are some very funny moment, and one or to that have improved over time, such as sketch with Richard Prior about the ridiculous notion of the USA ever electing a black president.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Saturday Night Live First Series (1975) 20 Jan 2011
By Tallg
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Some of the humour a bit hit & miss.
Great selection of US comedy stars.
Worth buying just for the music guests and the great price
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent humor at it's very best 11 Nov 2007
If you like completely crazy TV. Season One of SNL is a must. it rocket launched the careers of some of the most respected comedians on this planet. The legends of Chevy Chase Dan Aykroyd and the late John Belushi to name a few. Allot of the jokes still stand today as they did then. America is pretty much in the same situation it was in the 70s, with corruption in the government and paranoia in everyone's lives. SNL poked fun at America, it made people forget about the world outside there T.V. every Saturday for the last thirty odd years. Can anyone name another comedy series that has stood the test of time as well as SNL. In the vein of Monty Python, SNL unleashed an arson of refreshing skits that infuriated the rich and famous, poked fun at society and gave all sharks a bad name, so Sit back like it's 1975 and watch as the world was introduced to SNL. 5/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars geart classics to relieve 26 Mar 2011
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its really amazing to get to see how the show's beginning a fan of Chevy chase since i was young and really enjoy watching him doing the show's trademark fall and weekend update in full.the only thing im not very happy is that the package is very big,it takes alot of space in the house.although it is great for collectors who want to watch the show in its original context
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By Sparra
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i had waited and waited for this to come out on region 2 and as soon as it did-i bought! i have had this for nearly three years and never tire of it.

saturday night was HILARIOUS in this series, gilda radner, john belushi, chevy chase, dan aykroyd-some amazing musical guests and comedy guests are all fabulous and make for compulsive, no, obsessive viewing. one ends and you need to start another.

this box set shows how things used to be, stars could laugh AT themselves and weren't too diva-ish to become part of the team and get stuck in to the sketches.

political satire (see weekend update featuring gerald ford and his accidents) and political incorrectness (see richard prior job interview!) the content of the early snl series would not look out of place on tv today, the current snl crew are good but don't compare to the old school bunch. pushing the boundaries and believing in their material seemed more important than their own agendas. these days sometimes the modern snl seems to think it's cleverer and funnier than it really is.

PLEASE bring season 2 on region 2, my life is incomplete without it!
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